Breast cancer screening in West Palm Beach
The Breast Institute at JFK Medical Center provides all the resources women in Lake Worth and surrounding communities need for professional screening, detection and treatment of breast cancer. Our hospital uses the latest diagnostics and most advanced imaging technologies available to provide accurate images and clear diagnoses. We provide world-class breast care in a convenient setting for our patients.
To learn more about breast health screening services, call The Breast Institute at (561) 548-3530.
Accredited Breast Center
The Breast Institute at JFK Medical Center is an Accredited Breast Center as designated by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers and proudly supports women in every stage of life. We offer comprehensive breast health services, from preventive and diagnostic screening to breast cancer diagnosis and treatment, and our highly trained and dedicated staff work closely with each patient to plan and execute the best course of treatment.
Patients with breast disease have the opportunity to consult with our multidisciplinary team, consisting of medical experts in surgery, medicine and radiation oncology, as well as radiologists and nurses.
Advanced breast screening and imaging services
The American Cancer Society, American College of Radiology (ACR) and Society for Breast Imaging recommend annual screening mammograms beginning at 40 years old and continuing as long as the woman is in reasonably good health and a candidate for treatment. We offer women in Palm Beach County access to a wide range of mammography and breast imaging as a key component of our comprehensive diagnostic imaging program, including:
- Screening mammography—Screening mammography plays a central part in early detection of breast cancer, because it can show changes in the breast up to two years before a patient or physician can feel them. Research has shown that annual mammograms lead to early detection of breast cancers, when they are most curable.
- Diagnostic mammography—Diagnostic mammography is used to evaluate a patient with an abnormal clinical finding, such as a breast lump(s) that has been found by a patient or doctor. A diagnostic mammogram may also be performed after an abnormal screening mammogram to evaluate the areas of concern on the screening exam.
- Digital 3D mammography (tomosynthesis)—Digital breast tomosynthesis, also known as 3D mammography, takes several X-rays at different angles to create a three-dimensional image of the breast. Digital breast tomosynthesis has the potential to significantly increase the cancer detection rate in women with dense breast tissue.
- Stereotactic-guided breast biopsy—Stereotactic breast biopsy uses mammography-guided imaging to remove a tissue sample for examination under a microscope. It is less invasive than a surgical biopsy, leaves little to no scarring and can be an excellent way to evaluate calcium deposits or tiny masses that are not visible on an ultrasound.
- Breast magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)—Breast MRI should be used for annual screening for women at a high risk of developing breast cancer based on a family history of cancer. It can also be used as a supplemental diagnostic tool to increase the sensitivity of mammography and ultrasound.
- Molecular breast imaging (MBI)—Molecular breast imaging (MBI) uses a radioactive tracer that “lights up” abnormal areas inside the breast. When used in addition to mammography, MBI can provide screening for women with intermediate risk of breast cancer. For women with dense breast tissue, finding cancer with MBI is more successful than traditional mammography alone.
- Automated breast ultrasound system (ABUS)—Breast ultrasound is a procedure that may be used to determine whether a lump is a cyst (a sac filled with fluid) or a solid mass. ABUS improves cancer detection by 35 percent over mammography in women with dense breast tissue. It looks at dense breast tissue differently to find cancer that mammography may not reveal. ABUS is used most commonly in conjunction with mammography, not as a replacement for mammography.
- Ultrasound-guided biopsy—A biopsy is the removal of a sample of tissue or cells. In this procedure, a radiologist uses ultrasound imaging as a guiding tool to locate the lump or abnormality being biopsied. The sample is then examined under a microscope to aid in diagnosis.
Dense Breast Program
At the Breast Institute at JFK Medical Center, our Dense Breast Program identifies women with dense breast tissue, which can only be determined by mammograms. Because dense breast tissue can make some cancers difficult to find, we offer specialized breast imaging, including:
- Digital 3D mammography (tomosynthesis)
- Automated breast ultrasound system (ABUS)
- Molecular breast imaging (MBI)
- Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
- Image-guided breast biopsy
This program is designed around advanced technology to improve breast cancer detection. Women are informed of their level of breast density at the time of their result and are provided a recommended surveillance plan.
Preparing for breast imaging
Depending on the type of breast imaging procedure a patient is receiving, there are a number of suggested guidelines to follow to maximize comfort and limit wait times. You can talk to your healthcare provider about additional instructions, however, the following are general guidelines to help you prepare for your exam:
- Do not wear any lotions, deodorants or powders
- Wear a two-piece outfit
- Arrive 10 to 15 minutes prior to your appointment time
- Bring photo identification and insurance cards
- Bring prior imaging results if you have them at home
When coming in for a breast biopsy, we suggest wearing a comfortable bra and speaking with your doctor prior to your procedure about medications, including over-the-counter drugs, to take or avoid before your biopsy.